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Bridgeton woman identified as shooting victim caught in crossfire on St. Louis County interstate

St. Louis County police said the incident appears to be related to shots being fired between two other cars on the interstate

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Police have identified a woman who was fatally shot while driving on a St. Louis County interstate Monday afternoon.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis identified 46-year-old Kristen Whitted of Bridgeton as an innocent victim who was caught in the crossfire of two other vehicles while driving on Interstate 170. The shooting happened around 3 p.m. near Olive Boulevard.

According to the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, two vehicles were traveling southbound in I-170 near Olive Boulevard and firing shots. When police arrived, they located a SUV stopped in the southbound lanes of I-170 with a woman inside. The two other vehicles had left the scene, police said. Investigators determined Whitted suffered one gunshot wound, however, the exact cause of death has yet to be determined by the St. Louis County Medical examiner's office. The victim was alone in her vehicle and no one else was injured.

Whitted’s family provided the following statement to the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis:

“Kristen always strived for more knowledge, wanting to know more about everything. Never settling on just the surface of a situation. She always got the most out of everything. It showed in her job and her cooking. She never stopped and never settled. Always moving and taking others along with her, it made it easy to open up to her. She was always available and gave an ear to all.”

Credit: Photo provided by family

Anyone who may have been traveling on I-170 between Page Avenue and I-64 at approximately 3 p.m. Monday who witnessed this incident or saw vehicles fleeing the area, should call 314-645-3000.

Persons with information who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a CrimeStoppers reward of up to $5,000 can call 1-866-371-8477.

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